Care worker guilty of raping child at the children's home where he worked

Kevin Cooper-Shaw
Kevin Cooper-Shaw was convicted of raping and sexually abusing a child at a care home in a "truly horrific" case. Credit: Cheshire Police

A former care worker has been convicted of raping and sexually abusing a child at a care home in a "truly horrific" case.Kevin Cooper-Shaw, 45, was tasked with safeguarding and caring for vulnerable children and young people at the care home in Cheshire between April 2018 and October 2021.

But, he used his role to groom a young girl, 'violating and betraying' his trust, and "abusing and deeply traumatising the young victim at a time when she should have been made to feel safe", police said.

Following a seven-day trial at Chester Crown Court, Cooper-Shaw, from Oxon in the Wirral, was found guilty of 21 offences against the teenage girl.

The court was told the carer was reported to police in November 2021, and was arrested soon after.

When detectives reviewed his devices, they found him to be in possession of a number of indecent images of children.

Chester Crown Court Credit: PA images

The jury reached a guilty verdict on 21 of 23 charges. Cooper-Shaw was found guilty of:

  • one count of rape, seven counts of sexual activity with a child and sexual activity with a child by a person in a position of trust

  • two counts of making an indecent photograph/pseudo-photograph of a child

  • one count each of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity

  • sexual activity in the presence of a child by a person in a position of trust

  • causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity by a person in a position of trust.


Following Cooper-Shaw’s conviction, investigating officer DC Katie Ashcroft said: “The level of offending in this case and the acts he subjected his victim to were truly horrific."Cooper-Shaw was meant to be in a position of trust, safeguarding and caring for young people.

"Despite knowing this, and how vulnerable the victim was, Cooper-Shaw violated and betrayed that trust, abusing and deeply traumatising the young victim at a time when she should have been made to feel safe.“I’d like to thank the victim for their immense courage and strength they’ve shown throughout this investigation - first to come forward to report the crimes, and then also to give evidence and help convict this man for his predatory and warped behaviour.“I hope this encourages others who have been subjected to such abuse to come forward.

"They will get the support and advice they need to help them come to terms with their ordeal, and if they so wish, put their abuser before the courts.”

He will be sentenced on 31 May.


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